Broncos look to keep up momentum

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With their 38-28 victory against McKinney on Friday night, the Legacy football team made school history by winning its first-ever season opening football game.

The Broncos will take on Kennedale at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Coach Chris Melson said he is expecting a tough game.

“They're going to bring everything,” Melson said. “Those guys are very, very powerful offensively. They have a great offensive line and excellent running back. I think they will be ready to play. We got the best of them last year, so I am sure they will want revenge. I expect them to come out on fire and to give us a great game.”

Melson said his team looked good in its season opener on Friday and said that it was a great victory for building confidence among his players.

“I was very proud of our team,” Melson said. “They played extremely hard, and had to play all four quarters, because McKinney was very tough and had some good players. It was a great first game, and to come out with a win was great for our kids and coaching staff. I was really, really pleased with what I saw.”

Kijana Amous rushed for 115 yards and five touchdowns in the game, and Melson said he was very impressed with his running back's performance.

“He is just very, very hard to tackle,” Melson said. “You get him down there close to the goal line, and there's a pretty good chance he's going to find the end zone. He's meant a lot, and he has for the past three years as a starter. We expect a lot out of KJ, and he is a great competitor. He really has a nose for getting into the end zone; he's a touchdown machine.”

In an interview in early August, Melson said one thing that really impressed him about his squad was how hard his players had worked in the off season on their conditioning and strength training, and said on Friday night, those things definitely showed.

“In the fourth quarter, we're still playing full speed,” Melson said. “I saw our kids improving their technique up front on offense and on defense as the game went on, and it was very, very hot. Up front, we are a lot stronger. We were able to handle their linemen better than we did last year, and our conditioning was very good.”

•  Across town at Mansfield, the Tigers came up short in their season opener Friday, losing to Arlington Bowie by a score of 24-9 at R.L. Anderson Stadium.

The Volunteers took a 24-0 lead on Mansfield before Nathan McBride broke through on a 32-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Caleb Evans tacked on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter but Bowie held on for the victory.

Mansfield will take on Keller in its next game at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

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